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Posted: 14 April 2018 at 1:54pm | IP Logged Quote Grogster

I don't know if any of you have seen this, but......wow.

MONSTER 6502

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Drools, I grew up on the good old 6502
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Posted: 14 April 2018 at 3:35pm | IP Logged Quote Grogster

Me too.

It was in the Atari series of 8-bit machines, and I did all my first years of learning how to program on the Atari and the 6502. I did look at learning 6502 machine code a couple of times, but it was too difficult.

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Posted: 14 April 2018 at 4:02pm | IP Logged Quote Chopperp

VIC-20 for me. Plenty of fun with the 6502 Machine code as well. Lot easier than what MMBasic is becoming

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Posted: 14 April 2018 at 4:32pm | IP Logged Quote MicroBlocks

I will be waiting for a MONSTER Z80. :)

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Posted: 14 April 2018 at 6:10pm | IP Logged Quote Grogster

@ ChopperP - Seriously?

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Posted: 14 April 2018 at 9:05pm | IP Logged Quote Revlac

Nice
I spent many years on the old C64, did some programing but mostly games back then, A lot of fun was had, I remember The old south side club and the group talking about Fast Hack'em.
Last time I used the C64 was in 1999, still have one in the shed somewhere.

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Posted: 15 April 2018 at 1:40am | IP Logged Quote Boppa

We had a apple II europlus as the school computer- just the one and it ran the school office as well as being used for teaching computing classes - 18" b/w vhf awa tv, with composite video input
Had a vic20 at home, then a microbee16k, then a c64- the vic was still running and still being used up until the 2000's
Loved that machine
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@ChopperP -- You're right, those old 8 bit basics were easier than MMBasic .... but they didn't do any graphic video, touch sensitive video, or double precision math in hardware, but they were fun.

I guess I'm an older geezer than any of you geezers, my first machine was an IBM 1401. The first machine I had home was a DEC PDP8. I remember talking to Bill Gates when Microsoft was headquartered down in Arizona or Nevada somewhere. Their sole product was a single precision ROM loaded Basic found on the Radio Shack TRS80.

After the TRS80 got disk drives and an operating system we called trash dos a much superior substitute operating system called DOS PLUS became available and it contained a beautiful Basic interpreter which didn't need line numbers, but by then I was already planning my retirement.

Ahhhh ... the good old days.

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Posted: 15 April 2018 at 9:29am | IP Logged Quote Bill7300

MicroBlocks wrote:
I will be waiting for a MONSTER Z80. :)


Me too!
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MicroBlocks wrote:
I will be waiting for a MONSTER Z80. :)





Actually, Don and a colleague Rick, created a static Z80 back in ... Ohhhh welll way too far back for me to remember now..

It was invaluable for checking address decoding problems... I doubt we could have repaired systems as quickly as we did using any other method.

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Posted: 15 April 2018 at 12:19pm | IP Logged Quote Grogster

Revlac wrote:
Last time I used the C64 was in 1999, still have one in the shed somewhere.


Yes, my Atari 800XL is still in the shed - covered in dust....

A few years ago, I built an SIO-2-PC adaptor, and bought a copy of APE from the same site, which allowed me to use an old PC to emulate Atari peripherals - most notably the floppy disk drives.

I then used the REAL Atari to copy all my still-working 5.25" floppy disks(the REAL floppy floppies!) to .ATR images on the PC. Most were multi-boot games disks, but now they are all safely backed up as disk image files, I don't need to worry about the originals becoming unreadable, or the Atari hardware failing. I still use the Atari800 emulator from time to time, and load in those ATR images, and can play the old games - brings back memories.

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